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5 Fun Facts About October 29 In Oklahoma History

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1. On October 29, 1864, the Battle of Backbone Creek took place during the American Civil War. Confederate forces under General Stand Watie engaged Union troops led by General Frederick Salomon. The battle resulted in a Union victory, with Confederate casualties outnumbering Union losses.

2. In 1923, the town of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, experienced a devastating fire that destroyed much of the downtown area. The fire is believed to have started in a movie theater and quickly spread to nearby buildings. Despite the destruction, the town was able to rebuild and flourished throughout the 20th century.

3. On October 29, 1939, a tornado struck the town of Paden, Oklahoma, causing extensive damage and killing 14 people. The tornado was part of a larger outbreak that affected several states, including Texas, Kansas, and Missouri.

4. Country music legend Merle Haggard was born on October 29, 1937, in Oildale, California. Haggard had a long and storied career, with hits like "Mama Tried" and "Okie from Muskogee." He passed away in 2016 at the age of 79.

5. On October 29, 1957, the Oklahoma Sooners played the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in what was dubbed the "Game of the Century." The highly anticipated matchup between two of the top-ranked teams in the country ended in a 7-7 tie, with both teams going on to claim a share of the national championship that year.
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